How to Hire a Nanny: 10 Tips from the Royal Baby

By Adam Robinson,
July 22, 2013

Congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton as they welcomed their first child (a boy!) to the world just a few short hours ago. 

While the world awaits the baby’s name, us Hireologists got thinking about whether the royal couple has hired a nanny yet. Hiring a nanny is no easy task and a few of our co-workers have struggled through the process. We can’t imagine finding a nanny for the future monarchy of a country, where’s Mary Poppins when you need her!

Since Kate is probably busy taking care of the future king and figuring out how to lose her baby weight, we figured we could do the hiring nanny research for her.

Here’s 10 royal tips to hiring a nanny:

10. References are everything

Past behavior predicts future success and there is no better way to dictate how your nanny will care for your children then with references from past employers. Before you even bring a nanny in for an interview, ask for references so you don’t have to waste any time finding out your nanny candidate has never been alone with children before.

9. Ask: “Why are you interested in this job?”

From a Huffington Post article about hiring nannies written by Helen Moon, this question will weed out “people who are just looking for money, connections to famous people, a nice place to live, an opportunity to travel or have nothing better to do, etc.” 

As a royal family, you have to assume many people will apply for the royal nanny position because they think it will give them a chance to have tea with the Queen or ogle Prince Harry (guilty!) In this case, asking about interest will give you an inkling to what their motivations are.

8. Be open about benefits

No, not health insurance or a 401k. We are talking about paid time off, vacation days, meals provided by the family, etc. Many nannies will take a job not only for the children but also for the perks of being a part of another family. 

I had a friend that nannied for a family back in college and not only got to travel the world but was also allowed to raid the Whole Food’s stocked fridge daily. Assuming the royal family’s fridge is stocked with croissants and crumpets, I can’t think of a better family to work for!

7. Write a detailed job description

The What to Expect blog highlights the job description as one of the most important parts of hiring a nanny. Ensuring a detailed and accurate description will narrow your search and provide you with qualified candidates.

Start by painting a picture of the atmosphere and environment of your household. Is it crazy hectic or calm and serene? Do you like things structured or do you live in organized chaos? The nanny should have an idea of what they will be getting themselves into after they read your job description.

6. Inform candidates about over-bearing Grandmas

Just like you would do in an office, warning an employee about a tough boss mirrors warning nannies about crazy Grandmas. You know the ones, they show up in the middle of the day to swoop in on the nanny to make sure they are teaching their grandchildren the respectable amount of manners and not giving them too much processed sugar.

We all know the Queen is too busy betting on horses and overseeing the monarchy to be bothered by such thing as a royal baby. However this might not be the case in your family and your nanny needs to be informed about the potential for a sudden Grandma (or aunt, sister, cousin, Adopted Grandma, etc) appearance.

5. Create an interview guide

It is very important to create an interview guide when hiring a nanny. This way you can be sure to ask every candidate the same questions. Here is a great list of potential questions.

Hiring a Nanny: The Questions You Need to Ask

4. Lay down the law

The paparazzi and media have been staking out the hospital where Kate gave birth for more than 3 weeks hoping to get the first shot of the royal baby. However your children might not be celebrities or royalty, therefore pictures of them on the internet is up to you.

Inform your nanny candidates and new nanny hire about your wishes for your children’s safety and privacy. Many nannies want their social network to see how cute their subjects are, but in the end it’s up to you to grant permission.

3. Discuss compensation with every final candidate

You don’t want to run into any surprises when you hand your nanny their first paycheck. Double checking you are paying the average or above average salary via a salary check website like PayScale will help you offer the right amount.

Check out PayScale’s report on nanny wages here.

2. ‘Do you have any objections about granting permission for a background check?’

Taken from our blog back in February, this question is a good one to ask any caretaker for your family. If a candidate refuses to grant permission for you to conduct a background check, that should raise red flags. Something isn’t right if they’re not comfortable with you verifying their past. 

1. Do a background check

No description needed. Just do one.

Are you ready to hire a nanny for your own royal baby? Let us know what questions you would ask your nanny candidates in the questions below.

Erin Borgerson is the Marketing Coordinator/Tweeter/Crisis Controller/Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) for Hireology, a web-based tool that provides customized interviews, job profiling, and one-click background checks to help you hire the right person. Start your free trial at today!

About the Author

Adam co-founded Hireology with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Adam completed his undergraduate study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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